Hlut­taw ap­proves fish­eries uni­ver­sity plan

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A FISH­ERIES uni­ver­sity is be­ing planned for the coun­try, pri­mar­ily to de­velop the fish­ery sec­tor, which could even­tu­ally gen­er­ate em­ploy­ment and help re­duce poverty.

The Agri­cul­ture, Live­stock and Fish­eries Min­istry have sub­mit­ted a pro­posal at the Amyotha Hlut­taw, said Dr Tun Lwin, deputy per­ma­nent sec­re­tary of the min­istry.

The pro­posal hints at the open­ing of a uni­ver­sity fo­cus­ing on fish­ery ac­tiv­i­ties should the state’s eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion be fa­vor­able to the pro­ject. The mat­ter will be dis­cussed with the Hlut­taw Af­fairs Com­mit­tee on Oc­to­ber 11.

“The pro­posal was ap­proved at the Hlut­taw ses­sion. We now have to dis­cuss how to pro­ceed from there. The big­gest part now is to ne­go­ti­ate with the af­fairs com­mit­tees,” he told The Myan­mar Times on Tues­day.

Dr Win Myint, Amyotha Hlut­taw, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of No (11) con­stituency in Bago Re­gion and sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture, Live­stock and Fish­eries Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, sug­gested to open a fish­eries uni­ver­sity in July for the ben­e­fit of long term devel­op­ment of Myan­mar fish­ery sec­tor.

More­over, it aims to cre­ate job op­por­tu­ni­ties and re­duce poverty, Dr Win Myint added.

“The com­mit­tee con­ducted field stud­ies and met with tech­ni­cians, en­trepreneurs and fish­er­men. We spot­ted a real need. The pro­ject hopes to in­duce job op­por­tu­ni­ties for ru­ral peo­ple and to re­duce poverty,” he said.

Last year, fish ex­ports to Thai­land and Viet­nam ex­ceeded US$7000 mil­lion. Myan­mar only kept over $600mil­lion of the re­sources.

“Lead­ers of these coun­tries un­der­stand the im­por­tance of fish­eries. They sup­port the in­dus­try and have fish­eries uni­ver­sity. But we do not have any,” he added.

In this fis­cal year, K8,300 mil­lion were col­lected from lakes (de­riv­ing fresh­wa­ter re­sources) auc­tions, said Dr Win Myint. There­fore, Myan­mar should open a uni­ver­sity to ex­pand breed­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, he said.

The pro­ject re­quires an ar­ray of re­sources: money, time, tech­ni­cians and re­searchers, U Maung Maung Ohn, Amyotha Hlut­taw rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Aye­yarwady Re­gion con­stituency No(5) said.

“It needs large amounts of cap­i­tals, which may pose dif­fi­cul­ties cur­rently. It also needs hu­man re­sources and teach­ers. The stu­dents need to be in­ter­ested in learn­ing,” he said.

Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency and Korea In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency pro­vided tech­nol­ogy to Myan­mar for the ex­ploita­tion of fish­ing re­sources on the long term.

The pro­posal was ap­proved with 139 votes in fa­vor and 37 against on Au­gust 28.

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